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There are 4 comments on Is Hunting Moral?

  1. For the ethical hunter, the pleasure derived has nothing to due with taking a life. It’s derived from accomplishment and connecting with who we are as humans. Those are extremely pleasurable experiences.

    We are advanced predators. The only way this subject gets overly complicated is when we attempt to move Homo sapiens from participation status to spectator status.

    If I may modify your “three rationales”;

    Therapeutic because it helps me connect with my DNA as a human and connect with the wild environment that our bodies are evolved to thrive in.

    Subsistence because I nourish my body and the bodies of my friends and family with what I hunt. That shouldn’t be lost because a rancher, butcher and store owner are offering a convenience in exchange for currency.

    Sport because hiking, scouting, climbing, training, carrying etc positively stresses my body and the contest between prey and predator is timeless and awesome.

    1. I agreed completely. I hunt because it connects me with my roots and my religion. (I am a wiccan) I feel an intense belonging in nature and wish to survive off of hunted meat, foraged plant life and my own livestock and garden in the future. I believe it is important that we remain part of nature, otherwise we lose respect for it. To me it is cowardly to be responsible for the death of an animal while denying that it ever lived. Those who eat farm raised meat dislike hunting because it makes them uncomfortable to face the reality of death not because they care for animals. Most farming is much more harmful to animals and the environment than hunting. When I hunt an animal or raise it myself, I know it lived well or free and when my arrow prices it’s heart it will die instantly and without pain and fear; the same cannot be said for factory farmed livestock. I can also ensure that every price of an animal is used when I kill it myself. Bones make needles and tools for Flint knapping and tanning, joints make soup, hooves make regalia, hide makes warm clothing, skulls serve as momento Mori and even the intestines serve as sausage casings. By hunting I take agency over my own life and my responsibility to protect the earth . I can thank the animals I kill upon their deaths through prayer and carry them with me in my thoughts and in my body throughout my life. I get to know them as we live on the same land and I have learned to respect them as they best me time and time again. They are beautiful, sentient creatures and they have my undying respect. I hunt because not because it is human but because it is animal. If humans were ever to forget that we are in fact animals we would surely sign our own death warrants. By hunting I continue my role in our ecosystem, our sacred place. Forgotten by most it is important that rather than serve only as a drain on the Earth’s resources we strive to remain a part of her. I hope one day that when I die, I can be returned to the earth, where I will in turn be consumed and join the memory of life by nourishing future generations of living beings. For all life is borrowed, we belong to the earth, to the universe and we are destined to return to both, in mind and in spirit.

  2. While a reasonable look at the topic, it glosses over the major point that to me makes hunting obviously morally acceptable. Essentially if you eat meat, you shouldn’t have any objection to hunting. Even many people who do not eat meat, refrain due to the needless suffering caused by factory farming or due to CO2 emissions – many of whom have no issue with hunting, as it’s a far more humane a way to kill an animal than factory farming tends to be.

    The pleasure in hunting for the vast majority is not from killing – it’s from the ‘hunt’ part. Exploring the woods, scouting new locations, tracking animals, learning the sounds, rituals and patterns of animals, camping with a purpose far from civilization, and being a part of the ecosystem. The killing part is the opposite of enjoyable; it feels to me personally though that I can’t justify eating meat if I can’t stomach killing the animal myself – obfuscating my ethical responsibility does not negate it.

  3. The only reason I may agree with hunting is for food…. Some people hunt just for the sake of killing….like the fox hunting in England…and I absolutely hate trophy
    Hunting..

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